The point was, my "if you're going to do a thing, do it all the way" approach was a little overwhelming and I learned my lesson. (Well, at least when it comes to gardening, anyway.)
As for the cutting garden boxes themselves, I first got the idea nearly twenty years ago. Adrain and I were newlyweds, renting the cutest little mother-in-law cottage, and our landlord's wife had planted a large flower bed at the back of her house that was strictly for cutting and bringing inside. I thought that was a brilliant idea. Why just grow things to enjoy when you're outside, and spend money to purchase flowers when you want something inside- or to give away? Flowers make the prettiest gifts and they work for all occasions. After that, I vowed to myself that I'd have my own cutting garden someday so I could bring little jelly jars filled with home grown flowers to friends at BBQ's and enjoy beside my kitchen sink all summer long.
As a general rule, I don't use many flower starts, preferring to plant in early to mid-May, and working mainly from seed packets. I plant directly in our soil, rather than starting my own indoors, but I live in the Pacific NW where we often finish with any deep freezes by February and we have more mild weather year round anyway. (You'll want to pay attention to your planting zone when planning when and what to plant of course.) I adore zinnias for their season long color display and tend to plant about 2-3 seed packets of these in May. This year I did plant dahlias from starts and they haven't done well but it's been very hot and I forget to water well. Oops. I typically chose a wildflower mix seed packet for butterflies and/or hummingbirds and they tend to grow all kinds of pretties that I can't identify other than saying they make our bouquets lovely throughout the summer season.
(I'm one of those gardeners that can't always tell the weeds from the plants and don't really care over much... just saying. I also kind of randomly scatter seeds wherever when I'm planting. Which is also why I reminded you this post was written by a non-expert in the title.)
This garden box had a bunch of things die, so it's looking a bit vacant at the moment. As the summer progresses the zinnas will take over some of that space and it won't matter.
So that's what I do when it comes to our cutting garden. If you haven't put one in before, I encourage you to go for it even if your spaces are small.